Clean up police stations: Delhi CP

Last Updated: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 12:42

New Delhi: The `junkyard-type` look of
police stations has earned the wrath of Delhi Police chief B K
Gupta who has asked his men to clean up the facilities and
remove old vehicles lying around as soon as possible.

The stern message from Gupta came after his visits to
two police stations and interaction with staff of district
units, traffic, security and police control room within the
first ten days of his taking over charge.

"I have asked the police stations to remove junk
vehicles and clean up police stations so as to give a new
environment. Things need to improve drastically," Gupta said.

The 58-year-old official said the purpose of his
visits was to convey to the personnel that the police stations
needed a "lot of improvement". A lot of junk is seen strewn
across the premises of police stations.

The 1975-batch officer, who took over the reins from
Y S Dadwal on November 10, also wants his officers to treat
people approaching them like the way they would want their
family members to be treated by police.

"We have set up a women personnel-controlled desk at
every police station. A complainant will have the first
contact with a woman officer in each police station," he said.

The beat patrolling system is another area which is
being "revitalised". The beat officer is supposed to know
every single movement in his area, Gupta said.

"The beat officer is responsible for every incident
happening in his area," he said, adding, his move is intended
at ensuring maximum visibility of police in the city.

"It brings confidence to people and they can approach
police if the visibility is more," he said.

His first ten days also saw Traffic Police identifying
ten corridors, including Connaught Place Outer Circle, where
it will ensure "zero tolerance" of traffic offences.

"We have started disciplining buses to ply in extreme
left lanes. They are being asked to stop at bus stops only. We
will scale up the drive once we find success in this," said.

Gupta, who headed Tihar jail before becoming Delhi
Police chief, said he has started a monthly appraisal of
Station House Officers and Assistant Commissioners.

"They will have to provide details like how many
detections they have done, action against organised crime,
detection of violent crimes, identifying top 50 criminals of
the area, action on complaints, arrests of proclaimed
offenders and adverse comments by courts," he said.

Gupta said this was not meant to harass people but the
records will help senior officials to advise the juniors on
their shortcomings.


First Published: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 12:42

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